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Bachelor Degree of Science in Midwifery

Midwifery is the art and science which provides holistic care to child bearing women, babies and their families from preconception until the end of child bearing period and even throughout the life stage of women’s life”, (Palestinian Council of Health, 1998). This program is designed to meet the need of the Palestinian community through preparing independent qualified professional midwives. The degree consists of 131 credit hours and is designed to enable the midwife to fulfill the wide and varied scope of practice, and to graduate students who can achieve the competency level which facilitates them to be skillful and autonomous professionals.

Credits needed for the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

A student majoring in Midwifery needs to earn a total of 131 credits distributed as follows:

Category

Credits

Major

81

Faculty Requirements

20

University Requirements

30

Total

131

 

The Midwifery major consists of a total of 81 credits as in the following table:

MDWF 011

Practicum: Basic Nursing (2)

MDWF 212

Advance Adult Health (2)

MDWF 012

Practicum: Adult Health (1)

MDWF 213

Patho-physiology (2)

MDWF 013

Practicum: Adv. Adult Health (1)

MDWF 214

Heath Promotion (2)

MDWF 014

Practicum: Pediatrics (1)

MDWF 221

Applied Anatomy & Physiology (3)

MDWF 015

Practicum: Neonatology (1)

MDWF 222

Pediatrics (3)

MDWF 016

Practicum: Antenatal (1)

MDWF 223

Neonatology (2)

MDWF 017

Practicum: Comm. Health (1)

MDWF 311

Women’s Health-Antenatal (4)

MDWF 018

Practicum: Labor (2)

MDWF 312

Community Health (4)

MDWF 019

Practicum: Postnatal (1)

MDWF 313

Genetics (1)

MDWF 020

Practicum: Gynecology (1)

MDWF 314

Preceptorship (2)

MDWF 021

Adv. Prac: Labor & Delivery (3)

MDWF 321

Woman’s Health-Labor (4)

MDWF 022

Adv. Prac: Antenatal (1)

MDWF 322

Obstetric Emergency (2)

MDWF 023

Adv. Prac: Postnatal (1)

MDWF 323

Mid. Ethics & Profess. Issues (2)

MDWF 024

Practicum: Management (1)

MDWF 389

Midwifery Seminar (1)

MDWF 111

Basic Anatomy & Physiology (3)

MDWF 411

Woman’s Health-Postnatal (3)

MDWF 112

Introduction to Midwifery (3)

MDWF 412

Gynecology (2)

MDWF 121

Basic Nursing (4)

MDWF 413

Mental Health (3)

MDWF 123

Pharmacology (3)

MDWF 414

Research (2)

MDWF 211

Adult Health (4)

MDWF 421

Midwifery Management (2)


Faculty Requirement Courses (20 Cr)

BIOL 253

Nutrition (3)

MATH 352

Statistics (3)

BIOL 254

Microbiology (3)

PSYC 131

Intro. to psychology (3)

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family (3)

PSYC 231

Growth & Develop. (3)

CAIS 252

Intro. to data Processing (2)

 

 

 

The University Requirements for Midwifery Students total 30 credits. The MATH 111 is met by MATH 352, PHIL 302 is met by MDWF 323, SCIE 111 is met by MDWF 111. CMSR 101 is exempt.

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations.

Special Criteria

  1. Failure to obtain a C in any of the Major courses means repeating the course.
  2. Students should pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the program.

Paradigm of courses

First Year

 FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 CR

MDWF 111

Anatomy and Physiology I

3

 MDWF 121

 Basic Nursing

4

MDWF 112

Introduction to Midwifery

3

 MDWF 123

 Pharmacology

3

ARAB 120

Arabic Language Skills I

3

MDWF 213

Patho-physiology

2

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

 ENGL 121

 English Language Skills II

3

PSYC 131

Introduction to Psychology

3

 ARAB 121

 Arabic Language Skills II

3

 PSED 101

 Physical Education

1

CAIS 252

Intro. to Data Processing

2

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

CR

MDWF 011

 Practicum: Basic Nursing

2

ARAB 121

 Arabic Language Skills II

3

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

 SPRING SEMESTER

CR

MDWF 012

Practicum: Adult Health

1

MDWF 014

Practicum: Pediatrics

1

MDWF 211

Adult Health

4

MDWF 016

Practicum: Antenatal

1

MDWF 214

Health Promotion

2

MDWF 222

Pediatrics

3

MDWF 221

Appl. Anatomy & Physiology

3

MDWF 311

Women’s Health- Antenatal

4

 BIOL 253

Nutrition

3

MDWF 313

Genetics

1

 PSYC 231

 Growth & Development

3

BIOL 254

Microbiology

3

 

 

 

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family

3

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

 CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

MDWF 015

Practicum: Neonatology

1

MDWF 013

Practicum: Adv. Adult Health

1

MDWF 018

Practicum: Labor

2

MDWF 017

Practicum: Comm. Health

1

MDWF 223

Neonatology

2

MDWF 212

Advance Adult Health

3

MDWF 321

Woman’s Health-Labor

4

MDWF 312

Community Health

4

MDWF 323

Mid. Ethics & Prof. Issues

2

MDWF 322

Obstetric Emergencies

2

HIST 120

History of Modern Palestine

3

ECON 300

Basic Economics

3

ENGL 213

Communication Skills

3

MATH 352

Statistics

3

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

 CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

MDFW 019

Practicum Postnatal

1

MDWF 021

Adv. Prac. Labor & Delivery

3

MDWF 020

Practicum: Gynecology

1

MDWF 022

Adv. Prac. Antenatal

1

MDWF 314

Preceptor- ship

2

MDWF 023

Adv. Prac. Postnatal

1

MDWF 411

Woman’s Health-Postnatal

3

MDWF 024

Practicum: Management

1

MDWF 412

Gynecology

2

MDWF 389

Midwifery Seminar

1

MDWF 413

Mental Health

3

MDWF 421

Midwifery Management

2

MDWF 414

Research

2

RELS 300

Religious Studies

3

POLS 300

Political Science

3

Art 101

Fine Arts Requirement

2

 

 

17

 

 

14

 

Higher Diploma Programs

Criteria for Admission

  1. Tawjihi 65% or above.
  2. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.
  3. At least two years of clinical experience in the relevant field.
  4. Satisfactory knowledge of English.
  5. Passing an interview.

Admission Process

Advertising for this program is done in the local newspapers. Institutions also are invited to nominate suitable candidates for the program. Each candidate will be interviewed by a selection panel, which requires evidence of the candidate’s educational and professional qualifications. A short statement in English will be completed by each candidate indicating the reasons for wishing to be admitted to the program, and how they may be of benefit to the local community.

Special Criteria

  1. Failure to obtain a C in any of the major courses means repeating the course.
  2. Students should pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the program.

 

Description of the Higher Diploma in Midwifery Program

This program is designed to meet the need of the Palestinian community through preparing independent qualified professional midwives, as pregnancy and childbirth are seen as a major life event in the broader context of family and community. This program made of 38 credit hours is for part time students who have current experience in maternity community services. To earn the diploma the student must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 in all courses, and the objectives of each practicum to be able to earn the graduate diploma in midwifery certificate.

 

Paradigm of courses

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

MDWF 515

Applied Anatomy & Physiology

3

MDWF 514

Scope of Professional P. I

 4

MDWF 532

Women’s H. & N.Childb. I

4

MDWF 516

Women’s Health & Abnormal Childbirth I

4

 

 

 

MDWF 530

Practicum: Labor & Delivery I

2

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

 CR

MDWF 509

Neonatology

2

MDWF 521

Practicum: Antenatal Care I

1

MDWF 525

Practicum: Post Partum Care

1

MDWF 531

Practicum: Neonatal

1

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

CR

MDWF 517

Scope of Professional Pract. II

4

MDWF 519

Midwifery Research

2

MDWF 518

Midwifery Management

1

M MDWF 520

Preceptorship

2

MDWF 527

Practicum: Labor &Delivery II

2

MDWF 529

Extended Practicum

3

MDWF 528

Practicum: Antenatal Care II

2

 

 

 

 

Description of Courses

MDWF 011 Practicum: Basic Nursing (Cr. 2)

This course is designed to prepare student midwives with basic Nursing skills that are needed during their work in addition to practicing their ability in applying nursing processes.

MDWF 012 Practicum: Adult Health (Cr.1)  

This course enables students to apply theory into practice and to improve their ability to deal with different cases, acute and chronic, in both medical and surgical units.

MDWF 013 Practicum: Advanced Adult Health (Cr.1)

This course enables students to apply theory into practice. It improves their ability to deal with critical cases and to work in critical care units as well as provide life support and appropriate help in a variety of emergency situations.

MDWF 014 Practicum: Pediatrics (Cr.1)

This course gives the opportunity for students to apply the theory presented in MDWF 312, which facilitates dealing with this age group and awareness of problems faced by a woman in her childbearing period.

MDWF 015 Practicum: Neonatology (Cr.1)

This course provides the opportunity for students to differentiate between the healthy and the unhealthy neonate and working with high risk neonates by spending a period of time in normal nurseries as well as neonatal intensive care units.

MDWF 016 Practicum: Antenatal (Cr. 1)

This course offers students the opportunity to apply theory and skills previously studied. Emphasis is placed on assisting pregnant mothers during antenatal period, following up the progress of mothers and the ability to diagnose and manage high risk cases. Students practice their role as health educator by arranging for ante natal classes.

MDWF 017 Practicum: Community Health (Cr. 1)

This course gives the opportunity to apply theories learned independently. It assists students to gain skills related to community institutions that concern women’s health. Students practice their role as counselor for women and deal with certain psychological problems, in addition to broadening their experience in practicing their role as community midwives.

MDWF 018 Practicum: Labor (Cr. 2)

This course offers the opportunity for students to apply the theory studied and to manage normal labor and delivery as well as complicated ones.

MDWF 019, 020 Practicum: Post Natal & Gynecology  (Cr. 1,1)

This course presents the opportunity for students to practice their role as care giver, educator, and counse lor in the postpartum unit as well as providing the opportunity to practice their role in the gynecological unit.

MDWF 024 Practicum: Management (Cr.1)

This course gives students the opportunity to apply the theory presented and to practice their role as managers and supervisors.

MDWF 021, 022, 023 Advanced Practicum: Labor and Delivery, Antenatal & Postnatal (Cr. 3, 1, 1)

These courses provide the opportunity for students to reach a competency level through practicing independently. They apply clinical judgment and decision making when providing care for low risk mothers before taking action in high risk situations. Students are given more practice opportunities to manage the total care of mothers throughout pregnancy, labor, and post-natal.

MDWF 111 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (Cr. 3)  (Cr. 3, 3)

This course is designed to provide the midwifery students with knowledge about human anatomy and physiology. It introduces students to the human body systems which include skeletal, muscular, neurosensory, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and hepatobiliary. Emphasis is on detailed anatomy and functional physiology.

MDWF 112 Introduction to Midwifery (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide students with a cultural and historical context for midwifery practice and provide them with various health, nursing, and midwifery concepts. It stressed the need of women within Palestinian society to explore the scope of midwifery practice as well as to introduce students to midwifery terminology.

MDWF 121 Basic Nursing (Cr. 4)

This course provides concepts basic to the practice of clinical nursing with emphasis on basic principles and techniques that the midwife needs in her practice and emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills required in the delivery of quality nursing care for clients in hospitals, homes, and in the community. In addition emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a frame of reference in meeting human needs and the delivery of health care in a variety of settings.

MDWF 123 Pharmacology (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to give general information about medicine including generic and trade names for common drugs in use. Emphasis is on issues surrounding the prescription, administration, action, interaction, doses, uses, side effects, and contraindication of medication use within the context of normal child birth.

MDWF 211 Adult Nursing (Cr. 4)

This is a comprehensive course that is designed to provide students with the knowledge of various medical and surgical health-related diseases. Special consideration is placed upon the introduction of medical and surgical health and illness concepts by the utilization of the nursing process module. It also focuses on the care, counseling, and education of adults affected by acute and chronic alterations in their physical health. It provides nursing practice opportunities in health promotion, restoration, and support of adults in acute care. Further emphasis is placed on the psychological, patho-physiological, and socio-spiritual needs and problems of patients.

MDWF 212 Advanced Adult Health (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to critical care nursing concepts by the utilization of the nursing process. It focuses on proper and timely nursing assessment in order to implement effective nursing interventions for critically ill patients and to prevent additional injury. It also provides nursing practice opportunities in health promotion, restoration and support for patients in critical care units. Further emphasis is placed on the psychological, patho-physiological and socio-spiritual needs and problems of critically ill patients and their families.

MDWF 213 Patho-physiology (Cr. 2)

This course builds on student’s knowledge of physiology so that the development of patho-physiological symptoms is recognized promptly and to develop decision-making and diagnostic skills in the utilization of support and preventive measures.

MDWF 214 Health Promotion (Cr. 2)

This course emphasizes the model and approaches used in health education and promotion philosophies, through reinforcing the positive behaviors where modification is necessary.

MDWF 221 Applied Anatomy & Physiology (Cr. 3)

This course emphasizes male and female reproductive systems. Related system structures are also examined in detail with more emphasis on the female. Embryology is explored in this course with a focus on fetal development and factors that contribute to fetal malformation and inherited factors. It also encourages midwifery students to explore issues concerning sexuality and sexual health and that sexual development and sexual health are influenced not just by physiological changes but also by psychological factors, cultural and gender issues.

MDWF 222 Pediatrics  (Cr. 3)

The course helps the students to develop an awareness of the importance of current child and infant health care. It will stress the health problems of the infant and child and the care necessary in restoring health to the child and family. Content will mainly focus on the development and health issues of the infants and children as well as their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.

MDWF 223 Neonatology (Cr. 2)

This course is structured to provide students with necessary knowledge about the assessment, immediate and continuous care of the newborn. It also provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify the newborn at risk and to recognize abnormalities and birth traumas in the newborn. It emphasizes factors that place the fetus-newborn at risk.

MDWF 311 Women’s Health - Antenatal (Cr. 4)

This course emphasizes the role of the midwife towards women before and during pregnancy, and the care that should be provided for mothers from the initial contact with the client through the onset of labor. Emphasis is on normal and high risk pregnancy, and on maternal and fetal risk factors that negatively affect the pregnancy outcome. Students are able to differentiate between normal and abnormal pregnancy. Antenatal preparation is a major concern in this course.

MDWF 312 Community Health (Cr. 4)

This course emphasizes sexuality and reproductive health and provides a broad overview of issues affecting women’s reproductive health throughout life. Issues that impinge upon or are a direct result of pregnancy are examined. Issues concerning midwifery practice are a major focus as well as knowledge and other concepts involved in primary health care in order to deal with health and disease. It also emphasizes women’s health epidemiology and other concepts involved in Public Health that are a major concern of students.

MDWF 313 Genetics (Cr. 1)  

This course is designed to give basic understanding of genetics including cell division, modes of inheritance, and chromosomal influences on reproduction. It also encourages students to learn methods used in diagnosing fetal genetic abnormalities in addition to appreciating the significance of genetic engineering for midwifery practice.

MDWF 314 Preceptorship  (Cr. 2)

This course is designed to enable students to play an effective role in the clinical area and to participate in the orientation program for newly employed midwives or students. With advanced technology used in health institutions, particularly in hospitals, as well as the level of intensity required in the client and community care, a structured orientation program is essential for new staff members to help them adjust to the new system.

MDWF 321 Women’s Health – Labor (Cr. 4)

This course emphasizes the role of the midwife in the intrapartum period and the ability to deal with normal labor as well as to manage abnormal labor and to deal with critical cases. Emphasis is on managing normal labor independently in various settings in the community clinics, home, and hospital.

MDWF 322 Obstetric Emergencies ( Cr. 2)

This course introduces midwifery students to the complexity of midwifery practice , provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide life support and midwifery support, and to obtain appropriate help in a variety of emergency situations.

MDWF 323 Midwifery Ethics & Professional Issues (Cr. 2)

This course prepares students to practice in a manner that upholds ethical principles. It also covers concepts of informed choices, advocacy, and consent matters that are fundamental to midwifery practice.

MDWF 389 Midwifery Seminar (Cr. 1)

This course aims to address issues arising out of the students extended practicum and review the issues in the light of current research and deal with current issues in midwifery practice.

MDWF 411 Women’s Health – Postnatal (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to provide students with information concerning after birth. Emphasis is on the ability of midwifes to give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during the postnatal period. Physiological and psychological changes and adaptation are discussed, issues of self care and baby care are identified, and emphasis is on complications that affect women during this period and the management of each abnormality. The role of the midwife in following up the women in their homes is a major concern.

MDWF 412 Gynecology  (Cr. 2)

This course is designed to provide students with various aspects of management from individual woman’s care to that of the workload. Students also learn about styles, theories of management, and time management.

MDWF 413 Mental Health  (Cr. 3)

This course introduces midwifery students to major concepts and theories in mental health and their relevance to midwifery practice. Major emphasis is placed on developmental psychology and major mental disorders , explanations of some behavior, and introducing methods of psychological adjustment for women with a variety of conditions.

MDWF 414 Midwifery Research (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to essential concepts upon which midwifery is based, research processes, theories, methodological analysis, and the ability to critique information available internationally and nationally.

MDWF 421 Midwifery Management (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to concepts of human resource management and the ability to utilize the management process. Emphasis is placed on learning their role in effecting and managing change in clinical areas as well as learning styles, theories of management, and time management.

MDWF 509 Neonatology (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with necessary knowledge about assessment, immediate and continuous care of the newborn, identifying the newborn at risk, recognizing abnormalities and birth trauma of the newborn, in addition to emphasizing factors that place fetus newborn at risk.

MDWF 514 Scope of Professional Practice I (Cr. 4)

This course provides students with essential concepts and theoretical development of midwifery in various models of midwifery practice. Emphasis is given to gynecological problems and concern for women during their life stages, health issues associated with infertility and fertility, genetic disorders, sexuality concerns, violence against women, and compromising behavior. It also emphasizes health promotion strategies, health education, and screening programs that are available locally, nationally, and internationally.

MDWF 515 Applied Anatomy & Physiology (Cr. 3)

This course is designed to broaden students’ previously acquired knowledge of human reproduction. Major concepts include anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems with emphasis on the female. Embryology and genetics are explored with a focus on fetal development and factors that contribute to fetal malformation and inherited disorders.

MDWF 516 Women’s Health & Abnormal Child Birth  (Cr. 4)

This course provides students necessary knowledge about high risk pregnancy, diseases and disorders associated with pregnancy, labor and postnatal with it s complications. It explores the role of the midwife in planning and offering care based on the women’s condition, in addition it provides students with necessary skills to practice independently or with joint care of women who are at risk or experiencing complications during delivery and the knowledge to seek medical help when necessary or use emergency measures in the absence of medical help.

MDWF 517 Scope of Professional Practice II  (Cr. 4)

This course is designed to provide students with insight into women’s health issues. Midwifery practice issues are a major focus along with ethics and moral dilemmas encountered by the practitioner in gynecology and midwifery, concepts of practice related to accountability, standards adopted by the international confederation of midwives, and an overview of maternal health care services and issues. To develop reflective practice, critical incidence in practice and concepts that can be applied to the role of midwife and the care of the mother are also discussed.

MDWF 518 Midwifery Management  (Cr. 1)

This course introduces students to concepts of human resource management. Emphasis is placed on the ability to utilize the management process. Midwifery students also learn about their role in effecting and managing change in their clinical areas.

MDWF 519 Midwifery Research  (Cr. 2)

This course is designed to broaden existing information and knowledge about the research process, theories, methodology analysis, and its application in midwifery practice.

MDWF 520 Preceptorship  (Cr. 2)

This course enables midwifery students to play an effective role in the clinical setting and participate in the orientation program for newly employed midwives or students. With advanced technology used in health institutions, particularly in hospitals, as well as the level of intensity required in the client and community care, a structured orientation program is essential for new staff members to help them adjust to the new system.

MDWF 521 Practicum: Antenatal Care I  (Cr.1)

This course gives students the opportunity to apply theory learned while emphasizing management of pregnant women during the antenatal period and to differentiate between normal and high risk cases and to practice the role of health educator by means of antenatal classes.

MDWF 525 Practicum: Post Partum Care  (Cr. 1)

This course gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned and to practice the role independently, to work with the women and baby after birth, to be aware of any post partum complications, and to practice the role in caring for gynecological patients.

MDWF 527 Practicum Labor & Delivery II  (Cr. 2)

This advanced course gives students the chance to work in the delivery room independently with normal deliveries, to increase self confidence in deliveries, to differentiate between normal and abnormal deliveries, and to manage normal labor and neonatal care as well as to assist in abnormal labor.

MDWF 528 Practicum: Antenatal Care II  (Cr. 2)

This course gives the chance for students to apply the theory learned, to practice the role of community midwife, to broaden experience, to facilitate working with women independently during pregnancy, to give the chance to differentiate between normal and abnormal pregnancy, to deal with gynecological problems, to implement screening tests that are necessary for women from different age groups, and to practice the role of counselor for postnatal women.

MDWF 529 Extended Practicum  (Cr. 3)

This period of practicum strengthens clinical skills of the midwifery students and encourages them to develop more independent use of clinical judgment and decision-making when caring for the mothers.

MDWF 530 Practicum Labor and Delivery I (Cr. 2)

The course gives students the chance to observe deliveries and apply theory learned and to know how to manage normal labor when following up the women.

MDWF 531 Practicum: Neonatal  (Cr. 1)

This course gives students the opportunity to apply theory learned. The focus is on working with healthy neonate as well as high risk by spending a period of time in normal nurseries and neonatal Intensive Care Units.

MDWF 532 Women’s Health and Normal Childbearing  (Cr. 4)

This course focuses on behavioral and sociological aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and parenting. It explores in depth the role of the midwife in antenatal, intra-partum, and post-partum care, in addition to concepts related to well women, health education, health promotion and family spacing.

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